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Leonardo da Vinci

An outward-turned left eye featured in da Vinci’s portraits suggest a disorder which helped him paint three-dimensional scenes

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The auction house insists that there is a broad scholarly consensus that the record-breaking artwork be attributed to Leonardo

An art historian and leading Leonardo expert has cast doubt on the painting’s attribution

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Italian art historians claim that the 15th-century tile is the Renaissance master’s earliest known work – but a leading Leonardo expert disagrees

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The staggering price reached by Salvator Mundi prompts the question: what are you really buying when you buy an artwork?

By Cody Delistraty
Charles White, Black Pope (Sandwich Board Man), 1973. Richard S. Zeisler Bequest (by exchange), The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, Committee on Drawings Fund, Dian Woodner, and Agnes Gund. © 2017 The Charles White Archives

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